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25 June 2000
- Netgear has some vocal fans out there, who've asked that we not call the problem with the RT311 router a recall.  So what is it, you ask?  Go here for more info.

- Yesterday, I was a guest on the Andy Graham ComputerBeat show.  The hour long interview covered a wide range of sharing and networking related topics... something for everyone!  You'll need a Real Audio player installed to listen and my segment starts about 11 minutes into the program.  Click here to start the show!

24 June 2000
- Netgear has run into a little problem that has caused them to recall their RT311 router.  Go here for more info.

- ZyXEL has introduced the Prestige 312, which features a stateful inspection firewall.  Netgear will also be rolling out the RT314, a 4 port 10/100 switched version of their popular RT311 router.  Check the Router comparison chart for the details.

16 June 2000
- Linksys has released a new BETA firmware (V1.30) available for download from their FTP site for their Etherfast routers to address various ongoing problems.  Go here for the info.

15 June 2000
- Nexland has dropped the price of their ISB2LAN router to $299
and their 4 port ISB2LAN-H4 to $349.

-UMAX has added IPSec passthru capability to their UG3000. Go here for more info.

13 June 2000
- The Asante FriendlyNet 10/100 Cable/DSL router and MacSense XRouter PRO have been added to the Router Comparison chart.  Go here to check out the specs.

- Linksys has finally made BETA firmware available for download from their FTP site for their Etherfast routers to address various ongoing problems.  Go here for the info.

12 June 2000
- The 2Wire Home Portal 100 and SOHOware BIG have been added to the Router comparison chart.

- Keep your eyes peeled for rebates and coupons to reduce the price of that router you may have had your eye on!  You can get the Netgear RT311 at for about $80 if you use their $20 off certificate on a $100 or more purchase, and NetGear's "Spring Rebate" coupon. Act fast because the $20 coupon is good only until June 30.

9 June 2000
- Beta firmware for the popular Linksys BEFSR11 and BEFSR41 Cable/DSL routers is now available for download (with permission from Linksys, of course).  

6 June 2000
- Kingston Technology (the memory guys) have branched out into networking products, among other things.  Their KNR7TXD Internet Access router includes a 7 port 10/100 hub and we've put it through its paces.  Check the results.

3 June 2000
- Arescom has a pretty broad line of routers, including DSL, ISDN and Ethernet to Ethernet.  We got an EZ Rider Pro Cable/DSL (E to E) router in and put it through its paces.  See how it did.

2 June 2000
- Rumor has it that Linksys is testing IPSec capability for their 1 and 4 port Cable/DSL Etherfast routers.  Go here for more details.

1 June 2000
- Things are heating up in the low-cost router market.  Netgear's RT311 street price is down to $118 on and OnviaComputers4Sure is selling the D-Link DI-710 bundled with a 5 port 10BaseT hub, also for $118.

You can check the latest prices for any of these routers using the CNET Shopper box on each product's review page. Start at the Router Comparison chart and go from there! Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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